Navy 29

(3-0, 1-0 away)

Tulsa 0

(0-3, 0-1 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 18, 2004

1 2 3 4 T
NAVY 7 7 8 729
TLSA 0 0 0 00

Top Performers

Passing: J. Kilian (TLSA) - 220 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: K. Eckel (NAVY) - 23 CAR, 98 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: A. Davis (TLSA) - 5 REC, 98 YDS

Navy 29, Tulsa 0

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Kyle Eckel scored three touchdowns, Navy rolled up 332 yards rushing and the Midshipmen won their first three games for the first time since 1979, beating Tulsa 29-0 on Saturday.

Tulsa and Navy were the nations two most improved teams in 2003. Only Navy has continued that success.

Tulsa, a surprising 8-5 a year ago, dropped to 0-3 with its third straight poor offensive showing. The Golden Hurricane gained 320 yards and were shut out for the first time since a 37-0 loss to Oklahoma opening the 2002 season.

Tulsa, which returns eight offensive starters from a team that ranked 28th nationally in scoring last year at 30.8, failed to score a touchdown for the second time this season.

It was Navy's first shutout since a 7-0 win over Lafayette in 1994.

Navy led 14-0 at halftime on the strength of two long touchdown drives and two key fourth-down stops of Tulsa. The Midshipmen then took command in the third quarter, wearing down Tulsa with their option attack that led the nation in rushing in 2003.

Eckel ran in untouched from the 8-yard line to cap a 10-play drive, all on the ground, opening the third quarter. A 2-point conversion pass from kicker Geoff Blumenfeld to Corey Dryden pushed the lead to 22-0.

Eric Roberts scampered 37 yards for a score on Navy's next possession, making it 29-0 early in the fourth quarter. Roberts finished with 89 yards on seven carries and Eckel had 98 yards in 23 attempts.

Aaron Polanco was 3-for-5 for 73 yards as Navy went 98 yards on its opening drive, capped by Eckel's 1-yard TD plunge.

Polanco passed for 117 yards and ran for 36 more before taking a seat early in the final period.

Tulsa may have made a game of it had it converted two early drives. Tulsa quarterback James Killian was swarmed on fourth-and-goal at the 2. After forcing Navy to punt, the Hurricane drove to the 22, where Uril Parrish was stopped, again on fourth-and-2.

Killian was 20-for-40 for 220 yards with two interceptions. He also led Tulsa with 66 yards rushing.

The Midshipmen finished the first half by driving 80 yards in 11 plays, with Roberts doing much of the damage, picking up 33 yards in three option carries.

Eckel crashed across from the 1 for his second score.